Rory McIlroy: “Do I play golf for money now? No, but..”

The LIV Golf International series will start next week, and Rory McIlroy commented on sky sports on the whole situation, regarding the fields and players in the tournament.

“I certainly don’t think the field is anything to jump up and down about.

Look at the field this week [at the Memorial Tournament]. Look at the field next week in Canada. They are proper golf tournaments.

I have some very close friends that are playing in this event and I certainly wouldn’t want to stand in their way for them to do what they feel is right for themselves.

It’s certainly not something I would do personally. But I certainly understand why some of the guys have gone.

“When I turned pro, I was playing for money. All I wanted to do was get my tour card and make a living playing golf. You need a job and you need to make money to buy yourself a house.”- McIlroy said for skysports.


There is a lot of talk about money, which is the main motive of most players, and Rory had something to say about it.

“Do I play golf for money now? No. My situation has changed over the years. But when I started playing the game professionally, yeah, money was at the top of the list.

“Some guys are in a position where they are not guaranteed a job next year. It’s hard to stay in the top 125, especially when you’re in your 40s and maybe don’t hit the ball as far as you’ve used to. As we’ve seen, it’s a young man’s game nowadays.

“So if another entity comes along and says, ‘we’ll guarantee you this amount for three years’, plus you’re playing for a ton more prize money, you’re playing fewer events and you can spend more time with your family it’s very appealing to some of those guys that are in that position.

“Again, I’m not in that position, and it’s not something that I would do. But you have to try to put yourself in other people’s shoes and see where they are coming from.”